Marine industry survey

January 1, 2009

This summary of the U.S./Canadian marine fabric market segment focuses mostly on the U.S. marketplace, particularly as it relates to the state of the marine fabric market over the past few years: trends, top marine fabric applications and the market outlook. Much of the information was derived from a recent survey conducted by the Industrial …

Investing in equipment

September 1, 2008

Making a significant equipment purchase can be a daunting task, but many financing options exist to help improve operations, stay competitive and realize the return on your investment. By Holly O’Dell One look around the shop, and business owners are faced with constant reminders of necessary improvements, such as tools that need to be replaced …

Writing off expenses

Write off trade show and convention expenses—as long as you know the laws. By Mark E. Battersby Imagine an enjoyable—and educational—vacation with Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, picking up part of the tab. That’s right, every marine fabrication business, the owner and employees of that business can legitimately claim an income …

How to handle hassles in administering human resource programs

July 1, 2008

Story and photos by Marshall Spiegel You know the basics to keep in compliance with federal and state employment laws, but there always seem to be unique issues and questions that you are not sure how to handle. Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resource Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, answers your questions. This information …

Human resources dos and don’ts (Part 3 of 3)

May 1, 2008

Policy administration, anti-harassment and best practices. By Kay Robinson This is the final article in a series about human resources basics. In this issue, Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, discusses policy administration, anti-harassment and best practices. This article should not be construed as legal advice. In the past …

Custom Covers utilizes technology to stay on top

March 1, 2008

Top. The dictionary has numerous definitions for the word. For Custom Covers, a marine fabrication business based in Salt Lake City, the word takes on its own meanings. Top, as in boat top, is what the company manufactures. Top, as in top of the market, is where the company has been since creating the first …

Human resources dos and don’ts (Part 2 of 3)

Fair Labor Standards Act and high-level benefits requirements. By Kay Robinson This is the second in a series of articles about human resources basics. In this issue, Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, discusses the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and some high-level benefits requirements.This article should not be …

Human resources dos and don’ts (Part 1 of 3)

January 1, 2008

Recruitment, reference checks and record keeping. By Kay Robinson This is the first of three consecutive articles about human resources basics. In this issue, Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, discusses the dos and don’ts of recruitment, reference checks and record keeping. This article should not be construed as …